One of the most frequent comments we get here in the test kitchen when a tour comes through is "If I worked here, I'd weigh 1000 pounds!" And trust me, after a day of cookies, pie, casseroles, roasts, and whatever else we are working on, one can feel like that number is pretty accurate. Don't get me wrong: I think this is the best job ever, and I feel so lucky to actually make a living doing what I love.
Saying that, though, my waistline definitely suffers, so I am on a mission to lose 15 pounds. Each week, I will post my favorite light recipe, as well as funny stories from the week. In return, I want to hear about how you try to shave a few calories each day while keeping flavor and nutrition up. First up is my favorite sweet potato soup.
In a pot, combine 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, and a couple of handfuls of baby spinach. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and season with salt and pepper. Pour soup into bowl and garnish with 1 tablespoon basil pesto and and 1 tablespoon low-fat Greek yogurt. This keeps me full until dinner.